City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach’s popular Open Streets event returns this month with Beach Streets Pacific, presented by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), with a route stretching from Downtown to Wrigley. The 2.5-mile route travels along Pacific Avenue from 3rd Street to Willow Street and along Willow Street from Pacific Avenue to Magnolia Avenue. Participants will be able to walk, bike, stroll or roll the route from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.
“We love expanding bicycle and pedestrian awareness with Beach Streets,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Past events have attracted tens of thousands of people to our city, and with every Open Street event, people can explore a neighborhood that they may never have been to.”
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. at Pacific Avenue and 4th Street, with remarks from Mayor Garcia, Vice-Mayor Dee Andrews and representatives from LA Metro.
Entertainment hubs along the route will be located at Pacific Avenue and 3rd Street, Pacific Avenue and 21st Street and Willow Street and Magnolia Avenue. The hubs will feature music, food and children’s activities.
Open Streets events promote the pursuit of innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic and public health goals. By repurposing streets for cyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorized users, cities and residents are encouraged to consider other ways city streets can be used. Beach Streets Pacific is made possible by Metro, which approved funding for the event as part of its Open Streets Grant Program Cycle Three.
“Open Streets feels like heaven for our many pedestrians, walkers, bikers, and skaters,” said L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Sheila Kuehl. “Open Streets events allow people to get out of their cars and stroll or cycle farther than they have ever before been able to right in their communities.”
Vehicle crossings will be allowed at 6th Street, 7th Street, 10th Street, Anaheim Street, Pacific Coast Highway and Hill Street.
For more information, the community is encouraged to visit www.beachstreets.com, “Like” and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BeachStreets and follow Beach Streets on Twitter and Instagram @BeachStreetsLB.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.
Stay informed by following Metro on The Source and El Pasajero at metro.net, facebook.com/losangelesmetro, twitter.com/metrolosangeles and twitter.com/metroLAalerts and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.
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